Cellular Basis of Disease

Subject 531-301 (2008)

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Credit Points: 12.500
Level: Undergraduate
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2008:

Semester 1, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 36 lectures (three per week)
Total Time Commitment: 120 hours
Prerequisites: 531-201; biochemistry and molecular biology 521-211, 521-212 and 521-220
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: Anatomy and cell biology 516-201; biochemistry and molecular biology 521-301 and/or 521-302; or microbiology and immunology 526-304 plus 526-324.
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements: It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study and reasonable steps will be made to enhance a student’s participation in the University’s programs. Students who feel their disability may impact upon their active and safe participation in a subject are encouraged to discuss this with the relevant subject coordinator and the Disability Liaison Unit.


Dr M M Ayers; Dr J R Underwood
Subject Overview:

Students completing this subject will:

  • extend and deepen studies of the principles of pathology begun in 531-201 through the scientific study of the causes, mechanisms of development and the possible outcomes of disease;

  • understand the cellular and molecular basis of defence and repair processes commonly used by the body when a malfunction of a tissue/organ occurs;

  • appreciate the spectrum and limitations of the possible biological mechanisms of response to injury, and be able to relate these mechanisms to those which have been established as the basis of normal cell/molecular biology; and

  • gain a deeper theoretical and practical understanding of the way in which questions about disease processes are formulated and investigation of these questions is carried.

The topics to be studied are cell injury, inflammation, regeneration, repair and fibrosis in particular disease contexts; infectious disease; immunopathology; haemo-dynamic disorders; vascular disease and shock; neoplasia; nutritional pathology; environmental pathology; ageing; and genetic disease and diagnosis.

Assessment: Two multiple choice question tests during the semester (15% each); a 3-hour written examination in the examination period (70%).
Prescribed Texts: Robbins Pathologic Basis of Disease (R S Cotran), latest edition, Saunders Pathology (E Rubin and J L Farber), latest edition, Lippincott
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

Students enrolled in the BSc (pre-2008 BSc), BASc or a combined BSc course will receive science credit for the completion of this subject.

This subject may be taken as part of a major in pathology or as a single pathology subject. Students intending to complete a major in pathology are required to enrol in both 531-301 and 531-302.

To enrol in 531-303 and 531-304, a pass grade must be achieved in both 531-301 and 531-302.

Bachelor of Biomedical Engineering students must have successfully completed the first and second year of the Biocellular streams.

Related Course(s): Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science
Bachelor of Arts and Sciences
Bachelor of Biomedical Science
Bachelor of Engineering (Biomedical)Biocellular
Bachelor of Science
Graduate Diploma in Biotechnology

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